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The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Awards

2014 Art Auction & Sale — Call to Artists


The South Carolina Arts Foundation seeks South Carolina artists to participate in the 2014 Art Auction & Sale. The auction and sale will be held in conjunction with the South Carolina Arts Awards, including the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The 2014 Art Auction & Sale is the centerpiece of the South Carolina Arts Gala, an evening celebration of the South Carolina Arts Awards on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The gala will be held in the Grand Hall at 701 Whaley in the historic Olympia Mills neighborhood.


a scene from the 2011 eventThe project was originally conceived as a sales opportunity for artists and as an opportunity to build and promote arts patronage. Artists included in the 2014 Art Auction & Sale will be selected by a panel composed of members of the South Carolina Arts Foundation and arts professionals.


Works included in the auction and sale must be original and of high artistic quality; have a broad appeal; be representative of the artist’s style and framed with appropriate hanging devices. In general, 2-D work should be in the size range of 24” height and 36” width (inclusive of frame) to conform to the size of the freestanding wall system, and 3-D work should be freestanding or should be able to fit on a pedestal that is 24” x 24.” The parameters for dimensions are provided as a guide and should not be interpreted as absolute dimensions. There are some exceptions for accommodations of larger work.


In the silent auction, the price provided by the artist will be listed as the minimum bid. If sold, the minimum bid will be split 75/25 (artist/SCAF). The purchase amount over and above the minimum bid will go to the South Carolina Arts Foundation. In the art sale, the price provided by the artist will be the published price. If sold, the price will be split 75/25 (artist/SCAF).


Artists are requested to provide high-quality digital images of the work(s) selected to be included in print and online promotional materials.


To be considered for the auction and sale, please submit the following materials by March 24 to: 2014 Art Auction & Sale, South Carolina Arts Foundation, 1026 Sumter St., Suite 200, Columbia, SC, 29201:


  • DVD or CD containing up to ten images in a jpeg format with a maximum resolution at or less than 1024 x 768 pixels of representative or available works. Please indicate if the work is available (A) or representative (R).
  • Checklist including title (to correspond with file title on submitted DVD or CD), date, medium, size (h x w x d), price;
  • Resume or bio;
  • Artist statement (not to exceed 250 words);
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials.


If you have any questions, contact Harriett Green, South Carolina Arts Commission, 1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201; fax: 803.734.8526; phone 803.734.8762 or e-mail hgreen@arts.sc.gov.

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Past Recipients


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For more information, please contact Rusty Sox, 803-734-8899.

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